Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Well, they are pink

Carlos and Fernando are much like many other gay couples across the planet. They care about each other, they have a rich and fulfilling life, and they just want to be parents. After six years together, their dream can finally become a reality.

Of course, we should probably take a moment here to point out that Carlos and Fernando are a couple of male flamingos, and have spent years chasing other birds away from the nest, in the hopes that they could sit on an egg themselves. The two birds won the right to become parents when a nest at the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust near Bristol, England, was abandoned.

WWT spokeswoman Jane Waghorn even went so far as to say that she thought that "it seemed like a good idea to make them surrogate parents." She also pointed out that gay flamingos are by no means uncommon, especially in situations where there simply aren't enough breeding pairs.

Naturally, we're sitting here wondering how long it's going to be before the conservative flamingos, the "right wing", if you will, start coming out of the woodwork to squawk about how Carlos and Fernando are not suited to be parents, and that they shouldn't even have been allowed to cohabitate in the first place. Then it will only be a matter of time before the liberal flamingos band together to get a television program on the air detailing how gay flamingos can defy stereotypes and have straight female friends. It'll be a smash hit on NBC.

The real tragedy here, though? The fact that the birds are named Carlos and Fernando. Ok, maybe Carlos isn't so bad. But Fernando? Sure, it used to cause people to think of a kicky song about a hideaway, but now it just makes people think of Abba. And really, if you're already bright pink, do you really need a name like "Fernando" to really drive the point home? Here's hoping that the chicks don't get named anything like "Chiquitita", "Angel Eyes", or "Super Trouper".

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